Asclepias incarnata L.
Family: Apocynaceae
swamp milkweed
Asclepias incarnata image
Paul Drobot  
Etymology: Asclepias: named for the Greek god of healing Asklepios
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 5' tall forb, milky juice, mostly hairless or sparsely downy; stems with divided branches toward the top
Leaves: opposite, lance-like or oblong-linear with pointed tips and mostly pointed bases
Flowers: deep pink to red, 5-parted, 3/8" tall, fragrant, horns much taller than the hoods; inflorescence usually several, erect umbels; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: pods with many seeds on silky hairs
Habitat: full sun; wet to moist; shores, marshes, streambanks, prairies; in sandy, loamy soil
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native